Monday, 3 February 2014

Preview: Calgary at Victoria, Feb.04.2014

The Victoria Royals (34-16-0-3, 71pts) entertain the Calgary Hitmen (32-14-3-3, 70pts) for a pair of back to back games Tuesday and Wednesday.

Pregame show on The Zone at 6:45 both nights, or online at

It’s a battle of two clubs who earned ‘Honourable Mention’ for the CHL Top 10 last week.

The Royals have one more point than the Hitmen in the overall standings, and both clubs sit 3rd in their respective Conferences.

It’s the first meeting of the season, as last year the Hitmen took a 2-1 advantage after winning twice in Calgary, while Victoria earned their victory at home.

Victoria is coming off a 3-2 overtime victory against Vancouver on Saturday after falling 5-4 in a shoot out against them the night before.  They’re looking for points in 6 straight (4-0-0-1).
Joe Hicketts scores the overtime winner Saturday vs Giants.  Photo: Larry Quigley, Royals Bus Driver
Calgary surrendered a 2-0 first period lead and fell 5-2 in Cranbrook to the Kootenay Ice on Saturday kicking off a 5 game road trip.

One night after setting the Hitmen franchise record for most career regular season saves; Chris Driedger etched his name in the record books again becoming only the 6th goalie in WHL history, the first in club history, to score a goal as the Ice scored an own goal. 

The Hitmen have just 3 wins in their past 10 outings, after putting together a 7 game winning streak.

The Royals have 7 wins in their past 10 games, and are 1 victory away from tying the franchise record for wins in a season with 35.

The Hitmen have scored 30 more goals overall than the Royals, however Victoria has given up 19 fewer goals.

Calgary owns the the 5th best power play and 3rd best penalty kill in the league.  Victoria is 5th most efficient when short handed, while allowing the fewest goals against on average per game in the league.

The Royals are 8 games over .500 at home, while the Hitmen are only 1 game over the .500 mark on the road, as they are 17 over at home.

Calgary was busy at the trade deadline, adding forward Adam Tambellini in a trade for his rights with Portland, Conner Rankin from Tri City, Micheal Zipp from Everett with Zane Jones heading the other way.  Earlier they added Mike Winther from Prince Albert.

Royals remaining schedule
Four Hitmen players were recognized by NHL Central Scouting in its midterm rankings of North American skaters for the 2014 NHL Entry Draft: forwards Jake Virtanen (9th) and Radel Fazleev (129th), and defencemen Ben Thomas (49th) and Travis Sanheim (167th).

Calgary is on a 5 game road trip and will also make stops in Vancouver (Feb. 7) and Kamloops (Feb. 8), before returning to the Scotiabank Saddledome on Tuesday, Feb. 11 for a tilt against the Prince Albert Raiders.

The two game set will wrap up Victoria’s 4 game home stand and will head out for 3 games this long weekend in Kamloops, Kelowna and Vancouver at 2pm on Monday.

-Marlon Martens
Victoria Royals vs Calgary Hitmen: Head To Head Stats

Head to Head Record 2013-14 Regular Season Victoria 0-0-0-0Calgary 0-0-0-0
Head to Head Record 2012-13 Regular Season Victoria 1-2-0-0Calgary 2-1-0-0
Last 5 Years record between teams Victoria 3-6-0-0Calgary 6-3-0-0
Victoria vs. Calgary Last 5 Years record at Victoria Victoria 2-3-0-0Calgary 3-2-0-0
Victoria vs. Calgary Last 5 Years record at Calgary Victoria 1-3-0-0Calgary 3-1-0-0
How the 2 teams match up
Team Record 32-14-3-3 -- 70 points 34-16-0-3 -- 71 points
Division Ranking 2nd Central 2nd B.C.
Conference Ranking 3rd Eastern 3rd Western
League Ranking 6th 5th
Past 10 Games 3-6-1-0 7-2-0-1
Streak 0-1-0-0 4-0-0-1
Last Game 5-2 L @ Kootenay (Feb 1 2014) Final 3-2 W vs Vancouver (Feb 1 2014) Final OT
Home Record 22-5-1-2 18-10-0-2
Away Record 10-9-2-1 16-6-0-1
GF 193  163 
GA 146  127 
PP (Overall) (41/221) 18.6 (47/228) 20.6
PP (Home) (24/135) 17.8 (26/135) 19.3
PP (Away) (17/86) 19.8 (21/93) 22.6
PK (Overall) (37/235) 84.3 (36/216) 83.3
PK (Home) (23/134) 82.8 (22/126) 82.5
PK (Away) (14/101) 86.1 (14/90) 84.4
Leading Rookie Fazleev (5-20-25) Soy (10-10-20)
Most PIM Virtanen - 79 Carroll - 93
Team PIM/GM 15.6/Game 14.5/Game
Leading Scorers Chase (29-28-57) Magee (19-29-48)
Virtanen (32-18-50) Brown (10-32-42)
Brassart (22-27-49) Blomqvist (17-23-40)
Rankin (15-22-37) Nelson (16-24-40)
Helgesen (6-30-36) Carroll (22-16-38)
Last 5 Games 5-2 L @ Kootenay (Feb 1 2014) Final 3-2 W vs Vancouver (Feb 1 2014) Final OT
7-4 W vs Brandon (Jan 31 2014) Final 5-4 L vs Vancouver (Jan 31 2014) Final SO
4-1 L vs Tri-City (Jan 29 2014) Final 3-1 W @ Vancouver (Jan 25 2014) Final
3-2 L vs Edmonton (Jan 26 2014) Final OT 7-2 W @ Kamloops (Jan 24 2014) Final
7-3 L @ Edmonton (Jan 25 2014) Final 2-1 W vs Medicine Hat (Jan 21 2014) Final
Leading After 1st 19-2-0-0 21-1-0-1
Leading After 2nd 23-1-0-1 26-0-0-1
Tied After 1st 6-6-2-2 11-2-0-0
Tied After 2nd 7-3-2-0 4-0-0-1
Trailing After 1st 7-6-1-1 2-13-0-2
Trailing After 2nd 2-10-1-2 4-16-0-1
Out Shooting Opponents 22-2-2-2 11-5-0-2
Out Shot by Opponents 9-11-1-1 20-11-0-1
1-Goal Games 8-3-3-3 15-5-0-3
2-Goal Games 5-5-0-0 8-5-0-0
3-Goal Games 13-2-0-0 5-3-0-0